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Regional News of Friday, 19 November 2021

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Residents of 703 LGAs in Nigeria practice open defecation

703 LGAs still practise open defecation 703 LGAs still practise open defecation

The United Nations Children’s Fund has revealed that residents of 703 Local Government Areas in Nigeria still practise open defecation.

This was made known in a report by the Agency to mark World Toilet Day, which is held on November 19 every year.

The report titled, ‘Preserving dignity for people living with disabilities with toilets’, highlighted the work done by UNICEF in eradicating open defecation in the country.

“Out of 774 local government authorities in Nigeria, only about 71 are open defecation free,” the report revealed. It further stated that open defecation has been linked with outbreaks of preventable diseases and deaths from cholera, diarrhea, dysentery and severe acute malnutrition.

It further states that as of August 2021, there was a cholera outbreak with fatalities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

According to the report, 32 per cent of the population in Yobe practice open defecation, with Borno following closely at 16 per cent. UNICEF, North-East build 4,752 toilets, rehabilitate 2,976 others.

One in six young Nigerians depressed, worried, says UNICEF To curb this act, UNICEF partnered with the Centre for Integrated Development and Research to provide solar-powered boreholes, toilets and showers with ramps.

This benevolent gesture was carried out under the Cash4Wash programme, which is a cash assistance initiative funded by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office.

The aim of the initiative was to help displaced families buy essential non-food items, through UNICEF.